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party wins the german general election just short of an absolute majority for the country's youngest euro skeptic party pour some rain on the conservatives parade. syria is a breeding ground for extremist militant groups which could spill over borders to attack russia and its neighbors that's according to president putin. decides to ban any activity by the muslim brotherhood and confiscate all its assets but it could lead to retaliate. by supporters of the islamist group. from our studio center here in moscow which just turned ten pm this is r.t.
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with international news and comment so i'm going to merkel is one germany's top job for the third time in a row but the seeming triumph of the chancellor's political course has come at a price the conservative bloc the christian democrats took forty one and a half percent of the vote and that's not enough for merkel's party to rule on their own as their main rivals the social democrats led by brooke came in with twenty five point seven percent. breaks down about it. well it was a resoundingly result for. however now the big question is just what kind of government will she preside over she's going to have to enter into a coalition won't be the coalition she particularly wanted she would have wanted to deal with the free democrats who were partners going into this election with the free democrats didn't even get enough votes to get them one seat in the parliament so she's going to have some tough coalition negotiations on her hands moving away
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from angola merkel and looking at the election as a whole what we have seen here in germany as a shift in voter opinion away from liberal politics towards euro skeptic politics the alternative for germany party b. a f t were only founded seven months ago the euro skeptics didn't get past the five percent mark to get them into the stagg but they have certainly announced their arrival on the german political stage now as i said the euro skeptic their anti euro they believe that the u.s. being kept alive artificially and they want to see failing countries like greece not be allowed to be part of the monetary union. now they took votes from just about everybody as well as protest votes people are unhappy with the current status quo in germany their leader saying that although they didn't get into the parliament they put fear into the hearts of the other parties and that they made
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democracy in germany all the richer what we achieved in this election for a new party a party which built up everything from scratch just a couple of months ago is a very strong result so we will just continue what we have started so it's angela merkel who's going to be german chancellor for a third term that will make her the longest serving female political leader in europe but some of those europeans are wondering what exactly she'll have in store for them. four more years until of merkel's election when i see comparisons with another three term female leader on markers for the do not. merkel is a follower of margaret thatcher this is that truism two point zero merkel isn't. one similarity policies between the two is that both pushed privatization although when mrs merkel's case that's not been as home but in cash strapped eurozone states
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. we have this obvious privatization agenda that is an essential feature of european politics it's not people and social needs that get addressed but business angle of merkel supported the decision by portugal to sell off some of its publicly owned companies it's not clear sometimes whether what he is proposing for other countries she will do it itself in germany it's natural that some countries would question whether the call for privatization of countries is a way to open. the room for german companies are accompanied by in those countries angela merkel has convinced the german people that she's the right person for the job but across europe people are wondering what four more years of her leadership will mean for them. it is going to be negative that's logical she's the symbol of the recession in europe. it was. nothing will change where i was when we get more jobs and people have work then we can have
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growth i don't expect anything from the germans. critics accuse her of pushing europe in the wrong direction. merkel must be stopped as well as those who only represent the interests of international finance markets just like under thatcher parts of northern england were devastated we see the same in greece today it leads to years and employment and poor living conditions. whether she's the new lady or not we're set for four more years of angela merkel. as the world's most powerful woman piece all over germany. meanwhile this general elections already been dubbed a public acknowledgment of merkel's many accomplishments she's managed to steer germany through the economic crisis while many european leaders have failed at the same time she became a figure of hate in that written e.u.
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countries pressing them to pay a tough price for bailouts in terms of global politics she has been playing it low key staying away from military operations she opposed the intervention in libya back in two thousand and eleven and has ruled out a strike on syria where dr marcus kerber he's the founder of the think tank i spoke to an allele he says there is more to germany's political reality than meets the eye for the situation is more delicate and dangerous for. the greater victory is it was. who claim it now the christian democratic party is a party that party mood will be over tomorrow real and practical problems will come up and there has been a very very important migration of voters from the liberals to separate parties and it is indeed a big story because it shows that the established parties have not addressed
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addressed the issues which are really in a way. and while angela merkel is celebrating her party's win the german poll results of course quite a panic in athens where the chancellor's victory is seen as a signal for more painful austerity we've got analysis on greece's economic future coming up shortly here on r.t. . first in kenya troops have stormed the shopping mall at the center of a violent hostage crisis the country's interior minister said the siege is almost over and police were now in control of all floors of the westgate complex in nairobi. a series of explosions and sustained gunfire have been heard in the area with heavy plumes of smoke rising from the shopping center at least two terrorists are confirmed dead and others are said to be injured if so it was not at midday on saturday by a group of somali are shabaab militants with strong all kind of connections whether
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multiple media reports state that british and american citizens may be among the attackers investigation has been launched into those allegations the country's interior minister says the brutal attack is claimed the lives of sixty two people many of them foreigners and left at least one hundred seventy injured and we'll be keeping you updated on this developing story. well the kenyan scenario could potentially repeat itself here in russia and neighboring countries that's the stark warning from president putin speaking at this year's summit of the six nations collective security treaty organization in sochi our correspondent alexia cesky has the details. what the russian president did this time was basically to read to read moscow's longstanding concern that the cough lived in syria may spill over to other countries this time the russian president was more specific about which countries may actually be affected by this possible spillover now some of the countries of the post soviet according to the
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russian president putin may see a large influx of radical islamists fighting in syria at the moment on their territory countries like to stand in the first place which shares a common border with afghanistan and also other countries which have a predominant muslim population like. and as big a stand for instance they are in danger of a spillover from the syrian conflict indeed it's no secret to anyone that many mercenaries are fighting on the side of the syrian rebels at the moment and let me put in says that there have already been examples of militants finding themselves in other countries and the recent events in kenya in kenya are a perfect example of what we can was talking about. the militant groups in syria who do not appear from finance nor will they vanish into thin air the problem of terrorists spilling across borders is very real and could affect any of the countries who are currently witnessing a terrible tragedy in kenya militants apparently came in from another country and
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it committing a gruesome crimes there on behalf of all of us i would like to express solidarity with kenya and its people and say not condolences to the victims of this bloodbath let's hope the perpetrators will be punished. so definitely there are serious concerns especially after a british defense analyst firm has jane provided a report saying that at least ten thousand of one hundred thousand militants fighting on the side of the syrian opposition currently in syria are jihadists and thirty thousand more radical islamist so imagine a crowd like this fighting itself on in any other country in the world and creating havoc there so definitely all this creates a serious concerns among russian leadership. well syria is actively cooperating with the world's chemical weapons watchdog in accordance with an international deal to relinquish its toxic stockpiles but the members of the un security council are
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having trouble agreeing on a resolution to support the disarmament process russia says it's being blackmailed by the u.s. and its allies but he's going to explains the u.s. says they will stop the work toward securing syria's chemical weapons if russia does not sign our funny you when security council resolution based on chapter seven that would allow use of force so you are upset this is not something that he and u.s. secretary of state john kerry agreed on in geneva the russian foreign minister said instead of using this agreement brokered by russia to get rid of syria's chemical weapons the u.s. is now trying to achieve other goals take a listen. i remember compartments are starting to blackmail us to see if russia does not agree to a chip the seven resolution in the u.n. to see who will stop working with the chemical watchdog in the hague this completely counters what we agreed on was john kerry namely the chemical watchdog decision and then a supporting a solution from the u.n. to see but without chapter seven so you lover of said only extremists will benefit
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from such a blind approach as he called it he talked about the chaos and destruction in libya and the walk and referring primarily to the u.s. he said they simply choose not to talk about how a chain of their actions led to a catastrophe in the region. we need twenty four hours a day coming up this hour working towards a nuclear thaw after a short break we'll look at how much damage the u.s. sanctions really brought to iran as the country's leader prepares to give his keep peace making a speech at the u.n. general assembly this tuesday that now the story's coming away off to the right. you have to understand this snowden is wanted by a major country a superpower the us government to keep. the bomb we know that the capabilities that
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news continues here naughty in egypt has been a dramatic turn in the crackdown on islamist supporters of the ousted president mohamed morsi a court has ruled that all activities of the muslim brotherhood are now banned and ordered confiscation of its assets. reports from current. this is very significant particularly when you take it in the context of this huge escalating crackdown on the islamist group its members and that support is now this case it was filed by a leftist party earlier this year who basically said it was functioning illegally in its capacity as an ngo reports of their weapons inside its headquarters in the capital so what the court now has ruled is that by ngo is now bonds and of course its finances will be seized and of what we've expecting now is for the security the security forces to use this is a kind of carte blanche to go off to all the other myths of brotherhood and figures
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who are already in jail that has already been much surround up all of the leading members of the misbehaves including its ideological leader but the who's already in prison stronger. and even now drunken final picks up in various different protests the mission brotherhood is technically already a band organization it was in the one nine hundred fifty s. they filed they basically registered as an ngo in march of this year to give them a kind of legal fronts now but to go on this could basically mean that the government can do what they want with the organization who are waiting for the moment is to see how this affects that political way in the freedom and justice party which is registered under separate legislation as a political party but what this really really does is allow the government and security forces to take it back one step further and possibly political party and its members which would really contradict their rhetoric which is one of in can include a story conclusion they want to include the muslim brotherhood in the political part of the future of egypt if they do by the political parties. then this is going
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to seriously contradict that it's so we expect to see further protests on the horizon and possibly an escalating isolation of this already very heavy crackdown. true reporting having car of the ongoing suppression of the muslim brotherhood equates to a total failure of democracy in today's egypt but that's the view of one hundred spokes person for the activist group british egyptians for democracy what we've seen there was very unsurprising this is what all military coups does as soon as they take power they go and go after every single political party that was opposing them in. the ones they actually took out of power this is really not just about the muslim brotherhood this is about every single political and social party as well as individuals from all backgrounds and from all political parties that oppose the military coup and this is again
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a politically motivated charge from the corrupted history anything built on a military coup cannot stand what the egyptians want is their voice to be heard through the ballot box not through tanks not three bullets not through the whole killing of peaceful protesters and what we're seeing now is that mass occasions of this instability on the ground we've got a very unstable economy at the moment the military junta are insisting on driving the whole country and the entire nation through a very very dark tunnel and we are very worried for the future of democracy and the future of egypt iran's been trying to settle the impasse over its nuclear program ahead of the nation's upcoming address to the u.n. general assembly the country's foreign minister will join the goetia oceans with the six world powers later this week the standoff has dragged on for years another country's new leader hassan rouhani pledged to restart peace talks in return for an easing of painful sanctions result he's paullus live reports the restrictions are
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hurting the most vulnerable. the aim of sanctions is to harm the state but the real victims are ordinary regular people what small experience has shown that there's a huge wedge between what ordinary people experience under sanctions and what we eat to mohamed we heidi is one such case study he's a cancer victim in iran it is my second kemah ferebee program previously each session cost approximately three hundred dollars these days it costs about seven hundred dollars it is also a challenge to get the medication because you have to go to almost every drugstore asking for them and also because the prices are way too high i get a camel and once every two weeks and i am a pensioner doctors are also frustrated not only is the problem the cost of medication and getting that medication but also getting medical supplies its upkeep can also be a nightmare. if we have
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a problem getting high tech modern equipment to treat our cancer patients there are numerous obstacles for importing the equipment due to the sanctions in place against iran we have some equipment but it requires spare parts that we can't get anywhere a failure of any single piece or part of this equipment causes us to stop operating the entire machine history has shown that sanctions are a failure but in those few very instances where they do bring about some kind of diplomatic agreement that takes a long time merely prolonging the suffering of ordinary citizens and iran has freed eighty opposition supporters and other prisoners hoping to ensure some rollback on sanctions from washington ahead of the meeting in new york however financial expert patrick young believes the u.s. measures against terror on a doomed to fail anyway. ultimately in an interconnected world where we have so much globalization it's almost impossible for any country even the hyper power of
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the united states of america to be able to successfully stop trade and transactions happening with different countries therefore the end result ultimately has only being to impoverish ordinary citizens rather than really hitting the elite the world is not a simplistic place the reason not a huge cred thing for democracy in the middle east and that's fundamentally a problem of the sanctions regime of america what their house being what has been demonstrated by the arab spring is actually people wanting commerce to improve their lifestyles in that sense people want to replicate the trade success of the united states of america and they feel very very upset when sanctions basically come in and hurt their lifestyles intervening supranational a is rather difficult to justify in any possible circumstance and certainly without the power of the u.n. security council. critics say the sanctions on iran have not been effective in achieving any political aims no matter their scope or duration the restrictions are
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often justified as being a better option than war but they're accused of only making things worse for average people in the countries affected while north korea's been hit by a range of economic and military restrictions by the international community over its nuclear ambitions the main effect is that the shortage of food and medical supplies has led to severe malnutrition all this while pyongyang shows no sign of curbing its atomic program syria has also been slapped with sanctions which have only aggravated the situation the economy's been plagued by over two years of civil war with the un saying about a fifth of the country's population is unable to produce or buy enough food and as the conflict goes on the situation is expected to get much much worse and cuba is no stranger to u.s. embargoes with the elderly and men there appearing to be the worst affected and the loss to its economy is estimated to be almost six hundred ninety million dollars annually so in all those cases it looks as though sanctions are simply hitting ordinary people with little effect on the sanctioned state themselves. well for
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more news and updates head straight to our web site here's a quick look at what we've got in store for you right now in russia member of a notorious punk band pussy riot has gone on hunger strike against what she's calling the slave labor in her people a colony get to the bottom of those accusations there on the web site. could be one step away from reading mankind of flu once and for all believe that well find out more about the breakthrough vaccine at r.t. dot com. right. first rick. and i think you're. going to.
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be. a policeman an immigration officer had been killed in a terrorist attack in the russian republic of dagestan a suicide bomber detonated his explosives after he drove up to a local police station at least twelve people were injured in the blast including civilians one of which remains in a critical condition a nearby building collapse as a result of the explosion people under the rubble. greece's international creditors separate turned to athens for the latest check up on the nation's ailing economy the other side of the country that's already been bailed out twice will get another rescue package the groups far from being given a warm welcome by public sector workers who've promised a week of massive strikes in response. looks into the prospects of the fresh bailout. a team of international inspectors is here in athens for a fresh audit of the country's ailing finances with debt stricken greece hoping progress in reining in spending will unlock even more loans greece has been kept
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out of bankruptcy with two bailouts worth two hundred forty billion euros but revenues a falling short of expectations sparking fears that another rescue package could be needed to keep it afloat now each loan has come at a high price for ordinary people painful austerity measures have brought cuts to jobs salaries and public services and some greeks are asking whether sticking with the euro is worth the cost instead of waiting for another bailout from europe some are suggesting that leaving the currency union altogether and one such voices theater cost on a bus he is an economist and former member of parliament now i had a chance to sit down with him earlier take a look do you believe that the cycle of bailouts for greece is sustainable policy for this country. to be there they have to be fit because we ran we would go to europe to give us money not to. fulfil needs but the big book. launch of the bust and the. bailout to this
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whole thing raises very is the. guy who is why did you go to turn it would never end we would never regain our strength our economic strength to. an economic development to fight unemployment in the list because of your view. is is made. basically full force through concerts he says. it doesn't feed not true for our economy now polls do show that a large majority of greeks do not want to quit the euro just yet whoever more most people also seem to believe that the country's economy will never recover if it sticks to e.u. mandates to cut government spending enough to repay its debts reporting from athens loose accounting of r.t. . brings up today for the moment i'll be back with a news team with wolf in just
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a half an hour from now in the meantime our exclusive interview with the lawyer assisting the fugitive whistleblower edward snowden. the mcmillian family in canada has decided to defy time itself and keep their family trapped in one thousand nine hundred six sort of like new age amish but only for one year and not their whole lives so they live in one nine hundred six the family forbids the use of any technology developed after the mid eighty's they want their children to experience the world they grew up in when you had to read books and if you're outside no one could call you and there were no tablet computers to stupefy children at a moment's notice as a parent i have some sympathy with this idea because i like all of you have seen
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that technology is dumbing us down a lot i mean how often do you have to memorize a phone number nowadays and we've all seen bad parents just sit their kids in front of the technology and ignore them to chat on facebook about what they saw on netflix but on the other hand for the first time in human history you have the power of knowledge at your fingertips there is an instructional video to do anything you want on you tube and getting basic information about any scientific or historical topic is one click away if you find the idea of the self-made man romantic the now is your time because anyone who has the will to learn can learn you know i don't come from money without the internet i would definitely not have this job and i'd probably be worshipping at the feet of rush limbaugh deluded by the mainstream media modern technology can make your mind with information or break it with cat videos and dumb trendiness but that's up to you and this is just my opinion.
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hello welcome to sofia and co i was. the notorious n.s.a. leaks of better words snowden have ended a whole erode faith in private say that can co-exist with modern technology they also cost him his u.s. passport and force him to flee his homeland turn into a sea of uncertainty snowden has temporarily anchored himself here in russia which is now his place of refuge and also sort of a prison. a strange. sky he says he never planned to come one says sovan to the world's biggest power he's now running from it's off to leaking some of its big secrets edward snowden
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would stay here and just started out in the new traits he was. and with no passport and no way to return to russia because he is new. or does he feel it's a prison he can't wait to escape. does he still believe his sacrifice was worth the price. now we're talking about edward snowden to the only person that is known to have access to him at the moment and that's his lawyer on the twenty third of spicy of budgeting thank you very much for being with us on the program today and now we've been waiting a long time to get at least some information about snowden and his life i know he doesn't give interviews and he doesn't talk to the media why is that. well at this point it is his choice pretty much but you have to understand that he found himself in a very tough situation. his position may change over time but.
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